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David J. Steele II

Business Attorney at Missoula, MT

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State MT
    Acquired 2008
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About David

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Dave is a sole practitioner at Geiszler Steele, PC. Dave assists both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of legal matters. Dave has earned a Martindale-Hubbell “AV-Preeminent” rating by his peers, indicting the highest level of professional excellence. His practice includes advising clients about business and commercial matters, including matters involving the cannabis sector, real estate and real property transactions, contract issues, and other civil matters. Dave also serves as a mediator, arbitrator and settlement master. Dave is admitted to practice in all Montana State Courts and all United States District Courts in Montana. He is a member of the State Bar of Montana, the Western Montana Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. Dave is the Immediate Past President of the State Bar of Montana, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. The American Bar Foundation is among the world's leading research institutes for the empirical and interdisciplinary study of law, and which seeks to advance the understanding and improvement of law through research projects on the most pressing issues facing the legal system in the United States and the world. He is a Past President of the Western Montana Bar Association and also served for many years as Justice of the Peace Pro Tem for Missoula County, Montana.

Dave was born and raised in Colorado. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Montana School of Law. While attending law school in Missoula, Dave worked as a prosecutor for the Missoula City Attorney's office, and clerked for the Honorable Robert H. Whaley, U.S. District Court Judge, Eastern District of Washington, and for the Honorable Jeremiah C. Lynch, U.S. Magis trate Judge, District of Montana, as a clinical intern.

Prior to his legal career, Dave was a professional mountain and river guide, worked as a mountaineering and climbing instructor and ski patroller in Colorado, Utah and California, and as program manager for the Colorado Outward Bound School's international sea kayaking program in Baja California and Sur, Mexico. Dave greatly enjoys spending time outdoors with his friends and family.

Areas of Practice

Business and Commercial Transactions
Cannabis-Related Businesses
Property and Real Estate Transactions
Will, Trust, Estate and Probate Disputes
Civil Litigation
Mediation and Arbitration


David J. Steele II
PO Box 369
Missoula, MT, 59806

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Posted by Mike and Julie | August 31, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Smart, Efficient, Fair, and Professional
We hired David for a business litigation matter. He knows the law, explains the pros and cons of your case, is always responsive to phone calls, emails, and questions, and writes clear and concise court documents. He works well in adversarial situations, knows how to fight for his clients, is always prepared, and is very professional. He has a level head and works hard. If you need a good lawyer, hire David. We had an excellent outcome.
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Posted by Darra | July 21, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Very responsive
Dave is always prompt to answer or return my calls and messages. He is attentive to my concerns and is good at handling all elements of the situation, which greatly relieves my workload and anxiety.
Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Mr. Steele is an excellent attorney and a great value.
Mr. Steele was engaged to represent me in a complex civil suit. He timely responded to my questions, thoroughly explained my case and it's risks, and was able to achieve an excellent result. I highly recommend his services.


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Work Experience

  • Shareholder/Owner
  • Geiszler Steele, PC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Geiszler & Froines, PC
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Clinical Intern
  • United Stated District Court, D. Mont.
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Trial Intern
  • City Attorneys Office, Missoula, Montana
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Clinical Intern
  • United States District Court, E. Dist Washington
  • 2006 - 2006
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  • University of Montana School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Fort Lewis College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Darty v. Conrnish, et. al.
  • Affirmed on Appeal
  • In Re Estate of Laura Jean Kelly, Anne Marie Reader v. Kevin Kelly and Lisa Kelly
  • Affirmed on Appeal
  • Loken Builders, Inc. v. Sharon Boyce
  • Unanimous Jury Verdict. Affirmed on Appeal.


  • American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of Montana
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of Montana
  • Immediate Past President
  • 2023 - 2024
  • State Bar of Montana
  • President
  • 2022 - 2023
  • State Bar of Montana
  • President-Elect
  • 2021 - 2022
  • State Bar of Montana
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • 2019 - 2021
  • State Bar of Montana
  • Trustee
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Western Montana Bar Association
  • President
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Western Montana Bar Association
  • Director
  • 2012 - 2019
  • Montana Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Speaking Engagements

  • New Lawyers Workshop
  • Professionalism and Ethics
  • 2021
  • St. Patrick's Day CLE
  • Still Hazy - An introduction to the legal landscape of representing clients in the Cannabis Industry
  • 2019
  • New Lawyers Workshop - State bar Annual Meeting
  • Effectively Representing Clients
  • 2019
  • New Lawyers Workshop
  • Maintaining quality and effective professional and client relationships
  • 2016
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Litigation Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've worked with Dave on several matters, including real estate and insurance bad faith. He's a very good lawyer and I don't hesitate to refer clients to him."